Police and fire officials in the city of Niagara Falls late Wednesday confirmed receiving several reports of a loud “boom” in the downtown area.
A police dispatcher said one report was phoned in by a resident on Fifth Street. Several witnesses on Niagara Street also reported hearing the sound of an explosion, similar to a loud boom or bang.
Police said a patrol car was dispatched to investigate but found nothing.
On Thursday it was discovered someone had placed an explosive device in a large exhaust fan outside of the former Dell’s Tavern on Niagara Street.
• ASSAULT: Falls police were called to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for a report of a man with a gunshot wound about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. The 20-year-old victim told police he was walking up the 11th Street Bridge with a friend when they noticed a tan SUV pass by them very slowly. The victim said he heard crackling and his right buttock began to burn and he felt shooting pain in his left leg. The victim called his mother to bring him to the hospital. A doctor told police the man was shot with a .22-caliber rifle and the bullet was still inside the man’s body. He was transfered to ECMC. Police talked to the victim’s friend, but he was unable to provide them with much additional information.
• BURGLARY: Police were called to a home in the 2900 block of Macklem Avenue about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday for a burglary in progress. A resident said they woke up to find two people in her bedroom — one standing over her, one standing over her husband. The suspect nearest to her asked, “Where’s the jewelry at?” The woman responded that the pair better leave before her husband woke up or they’d be in trouble. That’s because her husband had a Glock pistol hanging from a holster near him in bed — but when he awoke and went for the gun, the other suspect grabbed his arm, picked up the Glock and fled the home with the other suspect. The couple could provide few details about the suspects to police, other than they were both male and they both had a strong, foul odor. Police noted there were no signs of forced entry into the home and the woman said she lets people drive her car and one of them could have made a copy of the house key. The husband had a valid permit for the pistol.
• BURGLARY: A resident in the 8300 block of Buffalo Avenue told police someone entered his apartment sometime between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by removing a large peice of cardboard covering a broken window. Once inside, the suspects took a $1,500 television bought from a rent-to-own business.
• BURGLARY: A resident on the 1600 block of South Avenue told police that sometime between noon and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday someone kicked in a side door to their home and took several items. Among the items missing were a Playstation 3, a laptop computer and several items of jewelry. The total estimated loss is $2,310. The victim said the burglary may have stemmed from a dispute over a $600 debt.